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Backstage with Kpop Idols

May 1, 2011

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Ok, now this is a bit of a long story. We’ll post a TL;DR at the bottom, if you’re impatient:

First off, big thanks go out to Todd Thacker and the Jeju Weekly. He contacted us a few weeks ago and flew us out to cover the Super Inkigayo concert that was being held in Jeju. It was going to be Simon’s first time in Jeju since Martina had already been to Jeju twice with her school. On Saturday we tried to absorb as much of Jeju as we could on a driving tour since Sunday was the big concert.

When we arrived at the concert the fans were lined up outside waiting to grab the best seats but the stadium was really tiny so everyone was amazingly close to the stage. Although we had tickets to the show we actually didn’t see anyone perform. Why? Because we spent all of our time backstage!

Backstage was really a parking lot filled with white tents. When we arrived, only the first few acts were there and all the remaning tents were empty. We thought we could easily get clear footage of everyone arriving, but within 20 minutes car loads and bus loads of kpop bands started pulling up out of nowhere! The entire lineup was absurdly large. There was Rania, 4Minute, U-Kiss, Infinite, Orange Caramel, Rainbow, CN Blue, SNSD, TVXQ, f(x), Big Bang, Wheesung, Tony Ahn, A Pink, ZE:A and I’m sure there are many more that we’ve forgotten. We couldn’t get a camera on everyone but we tried, oh we tried all right wildly swinging our camera with the squeal of the local fangirl alerting us. Martina’s Our goal, though, was clear from the start: we had to get some footage with Big Bang.

BUT OF COURSE, Big Bang was the very last band to arrive and because of that, things didn’t go as expected with Big Bang. We were lucky enough to pull GD aside for just a quick second to introduce himself but it was clear they were very busy signing shirts and preparing for stage. We couldn’t get a hold of TOP, who looked like a man on a mission at all times, but it was still super cool that I we got to be so close to the action.

U-Kiss, Kevin, AJ, and Hoon

Martina makes Kevin from U-Kiss laugh. Picture by Todd Thacker

What was completely and utterly unexpected is that not only did we know some of the kpop stars, but some of the kpop stars knew us. SERIOUSLY AMAZZZZING!!!!! We spoke with Amber from f(x) briefly, but she said that her management wouldn’t let her talk on camera. Bummer. But she said that she used our Washing Machine video when she first came to Korea. SHAZAM! Our most boring (but practical) video ever! Glad that’s what we’re known for: Eat Your Kimchi – training you how to not have stinky clothes. Lizzy from After School and currently Orange Caramel remembered us from Running Man a while ago. We got shoddy footage of her because she surprised us by approaching us and our lens couldn’t zoom out any further! Also Kevin, AJ, and the rest of U-Kiss were totally freaking nice. I mean, really really nice. They chatted with us for a long time and they are all really down to earth. AJ even laughed off our R Squared Pi joke and complimented Simon on his math poem. See, angry Kissme Fangirls? Kpop stars know how to take jokes, so don’t get all butthurt over our reviews! *Simon gets killed anyways* We’re posting the extended footage of our chat with them on our YouTube bonus channel, so check it out there :D

We gotta say, now that we had a chance to ask some questions to kpop some kpop bands, we feel a lot more respect for what kpop idols go through. We saw tons of exhausted looking kpop stars half asleep in their cars and being woken up to hop out, do interviews, smile for their fans, and perform with full energy. Wow. We asked some of them what they were doing after the show, if they were going to hang around Jeju for a bit. Nope. They gotta hop on a plane back immediately and go do other stuff. When do they have days off during the week? None. Month? Nada. The only real time they have off is during the major holidays, and that’s even debatable sometimes. Seriously! That’s crazy! Sure, being a celebrity has its perks, but at the cost of losing all your free time? Would you make that trade? Famous, but busy all the time (and we do mean ALL the time) or non-famous but able to relax? We’d choose relaxing, no matter how much money you paid us. So, yeah, even if you don’t like kpop music, you gotta respect those Kpop stars who never sleep but still give 110% on stage.

What most surprised us is how different people act backstage. A while ago, for our Heart to Heart interview, we angered some SNSD fans by saying that to those of use who are none-SNSD fans, the girls don’t seem to have much personality in their music videos. People argued that they’re loaded with personality in their interviews and TV shows, but we argued that it shouldn’t be necessary to do outside research in order to appreciate a music video. But, backstage at this super Inkigayo concert, we saw a fantastic side to them. Soooo much fun! They were outside, smiling and giggling, talking to other people, jumping and skipping, and just seemed so radiant with energy. Amber from f(x) was super fun and playful as well, and the girls from Orange Caramel were likewise very smiley and happy. It seemed that it was just the guys – with the exception of U-Kiss – that were very serious. CN Blue stayed in their tent most of the time but you could hear them practicing Bon Jovi’s Always. TVXQ looked super focused but they did go out and talk with some of the girl bands…all while looking super focused. Except for Taeyang, Big Bang spent most of their time in their cars.

So that’s it. We were super exhausted because it was really sunny and hot that day, but it was well worth it. Also, since we had such a great experience with U-Kiss, f(x), and Orange Caramel, we’re gonna tell you to support them and go buy their albums, because they were so nice and we like them a lot now :D


f(x)

U-KISS

TL;DR – We managed to squeak in backstage somehow, talked to GD, Amber, U-Kiss, and Lizzy. Did not speak to TOP. Super mega stars were really busy and management didn’t let them speak on camera. Mordney was not present.

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  1. How are you guys so lucky?!!?!?!?!?!!?!?

    8 years ago
  2. OMFG, IM SO JEALOUS RIGHT NOW.
    Would kill you if I didn’t love you so much guys ♥

    8 years ago
  3. You guys are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lucky! You guys got to see GD Tae Yang T.O.P. so lucky Wow thats suprising that you know some kpop stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LUCKY HAVE FUN
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    8 years ago
  4. O MY YEOSIN!!!!!!!….lucky bastards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…YOU GUYS KNOW YOU SHOULD START TAKING AMERICAN STUDENTS FOR THE SUMMER RIGHT?….right?……RIGHT?!……lol but yea….sooooo lucky….i would have fangirled my ass off if i was there….and if teen top made an appearance….i would….hmmm….-flatlines-

    8 years ago
  5. SOOOO JEALOUS RIGHT NOW!!!!

    8 years ago
  6. Kat

    Yeah, U-KISS are ridiculously nice people (not just “ridiculously nice celebrities” but super nice even just for normal people..)
    You’re so lucky you got to see all those people!
    I’m so jealous you got to talk to G-Dragon, even if it was only for a short time…
    Thank you for sharing this with us!!! :D

    8 years ago
  7. Ugh, I’m so jealous. I really hope I can catch just a glimpse of at least one kpop group when I’m in Seoul this summer hahahah

    8 years ago
  8. YOU GUYS ARE SO LUCKY.

    8 years ago
  9. Awesomeness!
    I loved the clip of Amber, even if she didn’t talk on camera.
    And GD, of course…hehe.
    Martina’s “OMG NO FEET!!” during the TOP clip was hilarious!

    Thank you so much!

    8 years ago
  10. Aww U kiss was so nice and adorable!! Plus you guys were right, all the guys seem so serious compared to the girls.

    8 years ago
  11. KEVIN <3<3<3<3 I'm super jealous of you two right now, but also really proud/in awe/super happy for you two!
    You two are so lucky! U-KISS, BIG BANG, TVXQ, SNSD, f(x), CNBLUE, etc.

    8 years ago
  12. i wish i could meet them.damn it

    8 years ago
  13. Mordney was not present. …. NO WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY

    8 years ago
  14. OMG!!! I’m so jealous ^^ you both are so lucky and martinas wish comes true to see t.o.p live i think XD

    8 years ago
  15. You sure Mordney wasn’t present?
    I think I saw him in the background somewhere… Maybe he gave someone a gift?

    8 years ago
  16. Wah~ you guys are so lucky.
    Gdragon <3 ~~ how was he like ~ ? XDD
    thank you for your efforts ! !

    8 years ago
  17. I just had the biggest fan girl moment of my entire life!OMG!!>www<

    8 years ago
  18. YES! You like U-Kiss now. hahahaha keep up the good works Simon and Martina :) I’ll wait for that U-Kiss interview.

    8 years ago
  19. I now finally see why you enjoy living in Korea now ;)

    8 years ago
  20. Great read and Lol at “Mordney was not present”

    8 years ago
  21. Luckyykvklsdfsdfksdofkdsofksdfkosdfvsd.

    8 years ago
  22. not faaaair!!! xD it looks like you guys had alot of fun :)

    I even freaked out when TOP got so close to the camera…GD said hi even with all the stuff going on <3 LOL at Taeyang…he was like "oh shiz! camera is on me! *puts on glasses*"

    and OMG AJ and Kevin!!!! so cute! It's awesome they chatted with you guys.

    and ahhhhhh Amber! <3 she seems so fun…and I can just imagine the ":DDDD!" when she told you guys that she used your washing machine video….xD

    and…is Mordney ever present?

    8 years ago
  23. awwwwwwn, ukiss boys were so nice and friendly! kevin is such a sweetheart and kiseop looked like a doll, so pretty :D
    lizzy was sweet too, coming to talk with you guys! I think i like them a lot more now, just like you!

    8 years ago
  24. wow i always liked U-kiss but this just boosted it higher! ^^
    you both met BIG BANG! Your both so lucky! and even though you didn’t really get to talk to them you still got to see them up close! That is amazing! xD

    8 years ago
  25. I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOO JEALOUS OF YOU GUYS!! <3
    its too bad though that martina didnt get a chance to talk to top =(
    but at least we get a hello from G-DRAGON <3

    8 years ago
  26. wow it’s really great that you got a chance to speak to u-kiss like that. it’s cool that they’re so friendly and their management let them talk to you unlike f(x)’s. but it was cool amber still told you about watching ur vids. and awww i never paid attention to orange caramel but lizzy seems so sweet! and at least you got to talk to GD! wow. i need to visit korea.

    8 years ago
  27. Omg, Lizzy’s English is perfect! Her voice is so cute!

    8 years ago
  28. looking forward to ukiss! kissmes are very happy, its nice to know that there as kind as they seem

    8 years ago
  29. I could just hear Martina’s inner fangirl going KYA! when she saw TOP! XD I would have stared in shock and just freeze…
    But The U-KISS guys are so sweet, they truely are a lovely bunch of guys! and It seems to me that you are slowly becoming the number one music critics in Korea, It was like you were somewhat of famous!

    8 years ago
  30. Oh that was so amazing! so happy to see snsd and read your description of them :D go SNSD!

    8 years ago
  31. OMG i really envy you, you’re so lucky to meet them at the backstage XD
    TOP look really handsome here, oh i wish i was you

    8 years ago
  32. ;A; HOLLLYYYYYYYYYY AJ’S english is perfect! :D Looking forward to that Ukiss interview xx

    8 years ago
  33. When you guys are close to K-POP stars, it makes me feel that I myself am close to them too :DDD you guys are the eyes of the rest of us fans. Thank You SO MUCHHHHHH <3

    8 years ago
  34. GD’s accent made me giggle…heeheee…

    8 years ago
  35. Oh, it’s a shame Amber wasn’t allowed to speak on camera. She’s such a neat person. I think I tend to like people better when they are American (easier to relate to?). All in all, I think it’s really cool you guys get opportunities like this. And extra cool because you get to share them with us! Thanks!

    8 years ago
  36. YOU ARE SOOO LUCKY< I AM VERY JELOUS!

    8 years ago
  37. “Mordney was not present.”
    OMG. A+

    8 years ago
  38. OMG!!! I’m dying!!!

    8 years ago
  39. Lizzy is amazingly nice i miss her!

    8 years ago
  40. Wowwww, that is like every kpop fans dream come true.
    my gosh, how great was Kevin <33

    8 years ago